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Olympics: Wiggins Claims Second Gold For GB
Cyclist Bradley Wiggins has won Team GB's second gold medal of the London Olympics after Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's triumph in the rowing.
Christopher Froome made it two podium finishes for Britain in the men's time trial with a bronze, just behind Tony Martin of Germany.
It was nearly three golds for the day when 23-year-old swimmer Michael Jamieson took to the pool for the men's 200m breaststroke - but he was pipped by Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, who broke the world record with a time of two minutes, 7.28 seconds.
Jamieson, from Glasgow, touched in 2:07.43 to claim the silver medal.
Earlier, Wiggins' wife Cath and two children Ben and Isabella were among those screaming with delight as the Tour de France winner completed the 44-kilometre course in the fastest time.
Thousands of cycling fans waving British flags lined the route, with some holding banners re-naming the day 'Wiggo Wednesday'.
They broke out into noisy chants of "Wiggo Wiggo!" as their hero secured top spot - and a place in the record books as Britain's most decorated Olympian with seven medals in all, one more than Sir Steve Redgrave.
Wiggins' Team Sky cycling team-mate Mark Cavendish tweeted: "As if being the 1st British Tour de France winner didn't make enough history, @bradwiggins just won his 7th Olympic medal! GOLD."
And Sir Chris Hoy, who goes for cycling gold on Thursday, tweeted: "YESSSSSS!! Absolutely delighted for @bradwiggins and @chrisfroome. History made today."
The medals won on Wednesday lifted Team GB to 11th in the medal table with nine gongs - two golds, three silvers and four bronze.
Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Wiggins in a message on the 10 Downing Street Twitter feed. The PM said: "@bradwiggins is a true British hero. First the Tour & now Olympic Gold. @chrisfroome great too. A wonderful day for @TeamGB."
Earlier at Eton Dorney, Glover and Stanning stormed to victory in the women's pairs, lifting Britain's first gold of the Games and becoming the first British women to win an Olympic rowing event in the process.
A short while later the men's eight claimed bronze behind Germany and Canada, the champions in Beijing.
Glover and Stanning led from the front in a dominant performance which saw the opposition trail in their wake.
The favourites crossed the line in seven minutes, 27.13 seconds. Australia took silver a length back, with New Zealand earning the bronze.
After finishing, Glover and Stanning hugged each other with joy and saluted the crowd, which included Princes William and Harry and the Princess Royal.
Later, Glover told Sky News: "We're still a bit dazed by it to be honest, it's such a whirlwind. I'm just so proud of what we've done."
Her team-mate added: "It was a hard race, it was a long race with a head-wind but we really enjoyed it... We wanted to make it the best race of our season."
Stanning, 27, a British army captain, and Glover, 26, a former physical education teacher, are unbeaten in 2012 and set an Olympic-best time in the heats. Amazingly they have only been rowing together for three years.
The pair were never threatened during the race. After 1,000 metres they were 3.42 seconds ahead, increasing their lead over New Zealand to more then five seconds at the 1,500-metre marker.
As they raced along the packed the grandstands in the final 300 metres, they visibly tired but were too far ahead to be caught.
Royal Mail announced it was producing stamps to commemorate the two Team GB golds. They will go on sale on Friday.
There was disappointment for Emma Pooley in the women's 29km time trial. Both she and Lizzie Armitstead, who on Sunday claimed Britain's first medal of the Games with silver in the road race, finished outside the top three.
The trial, which started and finished at Hampton Court Palace, was won by the reigning Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong of the US. Germany's Judith Arndt finished second, with Russian Olga Zabelinskaya taking bronze.